Recently, I’ve been looking for a way to publish a collection of blog entries into a print book for holiday gifts. I’ve found several services with different features that all turn my blog into a book, or more precisely, into a blook. Blook is portmanteau in use since the 1990s that combines “blog” and “book” to describe a book created from previously blogged content. It is sometimes used for a book that is serialized in online segments as well.
I discovered that there are several online services that can convert my blog into a blook. Here’s a run down of the major players I’ve researched and a quick review of their features.
Lulu is a self-publishing service that allows you to publish any written information, photos, and digital media, not just from a blog. There is no charge for their setup services and tools, including a widget to sell your blook from your blog or website. You pay for the printed items you order. Lulu will also help you with cover art, editing, layout and other services for a fee. They also have a bookstore where you can sell your book.
Blurp exclusively publishes blogs in hardback and paperback. It offers software to slurp your blog contents for formatting and layout using its templates (or creating your own customized template). Their software runs on both PCs and Macs. They offer assistance with book pricing, and offer a bookstore for selling your creation. Attend a free webinars and you might win a gift certificate.
Exclusively a blook printer, Blog Printing allows you to print a paperback version of your blog automatically from most blogging services. The work is done on their end, so you get little input on the layout and design, but you also have less work to do.
Print Pusher publishes primarily fiction, but also prints fiction written first in blogs. Their website offers little information about their printing process. It doesn’t seem to be a print on demand publisher.
Publishing My Blook
I haven’t selected a publisher yet, but when I do, I’ll report on the project here. In the meantime, if you have any experience using any of these printing services, or if you have published a blook, or if you know of another blook publisher, please leave your comments here.